You and your spouse can seek a quick divorce in Maryland Court when you both can settle problems in your case. You could save time and money by going for a no-contest divorce, also called an uncontested divorce. There are some requirements and process for obtaining an uncontested divorce or a divorce without your spouse’s consent.
What is Uncontested Divorce in Maryland?
When both spouses agree upon the terms of a divorce, then it is called as Uncontested divorce. Separated couples without children and their own property can obtain an uncontested divorce quickly. Couples having children can get an uncontested divorce when both sign an agreement to settle the issues. Each county has its own rules regarding uncontested divorce, so you need to understand the rules.
Grounds for Divorce
In recent times it has become easy to acquire an uncontested divorce. When you and your spouse have signed an agreement to resolve all the issues, it is no longer required that you and your spouse should have lived separately for the past 12 months.
Who Can File For an Uncontested Divorce?
One of the spouses should be living in Maryland at the time of divorce. If the ground for divorce occurred outside Maryland, it is a must that the couple should have lived in Maryland for at least 6 months before filing for divorce.
Hearing for Uncontested Divorce
Once the case is filed, the plaintiff should request a hearing date for the uncontested divorce by approaching the clerk of the court. It is a must that the plaintiff should appear to the court along with a witness who can justify that plaintiff has met the residency requirements for a Maryland divorce. It is necessary to bring documents like marriage certificate and copy of the agreement signed by another spouse.
The plaintiff should answer some brief questioning from the judge at the final hearing. The defendant can also appear but has the right to give up the appearance. The final judgment will be written by the court reporter, approved and signed by the judge.
It may be simple to file for an uncontested divorce, but hiring an experienced men’s divorce attorney will save you money and time. An attorney will help you in avoiding mistakes and also reduce stress. Alice Pare is an experienced divorce attorney who can assist you in filing for an uncontested divorce in Maryland. Call us at 310-515-1190 for an initial free consultation.